How Airspace Closures Will Impact International Airlines.

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March 1. The last few days have seen a flurry of sanctions levied against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including the closure of airspace to the country’s airlines. Russia has responded in kind, leaving carriers to reroute flights and facing a future with many destinations canceled. Here’s a look at the impact that airspace closure will have on air travel.

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth day, Western nations are stepping up economic sanctions. Airspace closures have been vital to the response, with the UK and EU both banning Russian airlines from overflying or entering their territory. Russia has already responded in kind to the UK and will almost certainly make the same decision for EU carriers in the coming days, leaving both sides with a highly restricted route map.

European airlines are already feeling the pain from these changes. Connections to East Asia, including important destinations Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, are in peril due to the closure, and carriers have already announced suspensions. Given Russia’s sheer size, avoiding the territory while flying to Asia is nearly impossible without taking an expensive, long, and circuitous route.

Source: Simple Flying.

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